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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

substance2003 And yet... (135 comments)

Wasn't there a bunch of articles lately explaining how much of these app developers aren't making any return because of how difficult it is to be seen on the store or how most users don't really use much of these apps once the hype passes.

2 days ago

Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

substance2003 Re: Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

Why wouldn't it be different? Most of the open source projects where there was a major disagreement ended up with a fork.
Just think of the Open Office when Oracle was just letting it die. People just went and did Libre Office when they were ignored.
There's no reason to think that the folks over at Debian couldn't just create their own fork if they felt they were being ignored.
If that were to happen, it would then all come down to how many Debian users move over vs who stays.
That being said, I'd rather they all come to a consensus that everyone could be happy with.

about 3 months ago

Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

substance2003 Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

It's the commercials.

Let's say a US show like Sleepy Hollow from Fox is playing for instance.
I'm only thinking of that one as it's totally being bombarded on me as part of the fall lineup at the moment and know which station in the US plays it.
Now, Global TV in Canada has the rights to play that same show in Canada and is doing so at the same time.
Well what would be the point of paying for ads on Global if everyone is watching the US feed via cable and satellite?
So the solution is to have the Global TV feed play which is playing simultaneously to FOX replace the feed from the FOX channel and insure we see those commercials targeting Canadians. At least that's what I was noticing when I had cable. I believe there is talk about changing that.

about 4 months ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

substance2003 Re:ESPN (401 comments)

I think he means that Over the air (OTA) broadcast is a pure uncompressed signal of HDTV 1080i quality. The cable company has to compress the signal to get so many channels to get to the subscriber. Some feel there is a loss in quality vs OTA but depending on who you talk to it's not something people will notice.

about 6 months ago

Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

substance2003 Re:Bizarre ... (93 comments)

J'aime ça. :)
That means 'I like it' for those who are wondering.

about 7 months ago

Malware Posing As Official Google Play Store Evades Most Security Checks

substance2003 Banking on Android no way!!! (100 comments)

And this is the reason I won't do banking on an Android phone much the same as I refuse to do online banking from a Windows PC.

I've been sticking to my Linux distro for that and felt that it's the best way to function with some security on my end.

about 7 months ago

MariaDB 10 Released, Now With NoSQL Support

substance2003 Re:So why should I use this when mysql is still fr (103 comments)

What are the advantages to using this increasingly slow and bloated fork of the internet's favorite database platform?

Mind giving examples showing this to be true? This is the 1st I'm hearing about this although I don't follow it all the time. I'm just curious about how MariaDB could be so slow considering that the founders of MySQL are working on that version now.

about 9 months ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

substance2003 Re:And in other news... (506 comments)

As a resident of Quebec. I take offence to what you say. I don't call you an asshole if you're government is doing stupid things (which I'll bet they do) so leave the general folks in Quebec alone and keep you're complaints focused on the provincial government of Quebec or the federal government of Canada for letting the provincial one get away with it.

about a year ago

Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

substance2003 Glad I didn't buy from them. (287 comments)

I was considering the Venue 8 Pro for a while before going with a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro after changing my view on what I wanted/needed for on the go (yeah I'm bucking again't the trend).

Now with this happening I'm glad I didn't purchase from them. No way I'd appreciate this sorta stuff after plucking down my hard earned cash for their products.

about a year ago

Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

substance2003 Re:LOL (249 comments)

Of course they are losing profit. A pirated copy of XP means a lost sale of Windows 8.1 silly. :)

about a year ago

PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

substance2003 Re:I'm not worried... (564 comments)

I'll second that one.

I'm thinking the processing power requirements to do what an average user needed was pretty much what a PC from the earlier millennium offered and arguably earlier than that. Tablets sold today offer something that would be about equal or greater to that and are cheaper, smaller, portable and less complicated as well. Most of these people buying a PC never were really interested in them. They just wanted to do as you mentioned before. Email, web browsing, video streaming (well that one was not available back then like now) and some other rudimentary things.

1 year,20 days

Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

substance2003 Re:I never see people with Chromebooks. (321 comments)

I've used one for a while (an Acer C7) and traveled with it to Europe. Served me well with a dual setup Chrome OS Ubuntu Linux setup but I did find it somewhat disappointing at times. I ended up selling it off and buying a full fledged laptop afterwards.

I would think that one reason you don't see them much is because they are left home. The same people buying these probably use the saved money to buy a tablet for on the go computing.

Also keep in mind, 20% of the sales are for this year. People you see on the streets using laptops out there have models purchased up to 5 years ago. Chromebooks don't have an accumulation of years of sales so If (and that's a big if) their sales trend continues for 2-3 years. Then we will see them in the wild more. Otherwise, they'll end up like the Wii was to casual gamers. Collecting dust in a closet which is incidentally what prompted me to sell mine as I don't want my closet filled with techno junk.

That's my nickel's worth since we don't have pennies here anymore.

about a year ago

Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

substance2003 Re:I never got the fascination with AMD/ATI (111 comments)

Maybe AMD's open source drivers are better but Nvidia's drivers are better suited for use to do renders in Blender because of their support of CUDA.
While few will need to buy a graphics card for Blender 3D in particular it does show that you have to consider what you wish to use the card for when you want to make a purchase to get the performance you need out of it.

about a year ago

Sailfish Can Officially Be Installed To Android Devices

substance2003 Re:Interesting. (118 comments)

I'm not sure a higher resolution, twice the memory and a camera with more than twice the megapixels qualifies as only *slightly* better.
The Jolla does have LTE over the Oppo but that seems to be of small consolation.

about a year ago

CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

substance2003 Re: Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

And that's the reason why Android is ridden with malware attacks (97% of all mobile malware).

Can I get a citation please? Seems a rather high percentage.

Also, this was always the problem with Windows and yet when they try to push towards a walled garden arrangement people cry foul to that so IMHO you can't please everyone.

about a year ago

Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations

substance2003 Re:Donate Win 7 if you really want to be charitabl (224 comments)

I can't even find a students version.

Don't know where you're checking but I can find copies by walking into Staples. Most small shops still sell OEM copies too. You can order on their web site too if walking is too difficult.

about a year ago

Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work

substance2003 Using Skype to boost Windows Phone? (330 comments)

Okay. So I get they are cutting support to many webcams and headsets on the desktop and competing platforms like OS X as stated in the article and from Android based on the comments posted here.

Crazy theory here. Could they be trying to focus Skype for use with their Windows Phone to try to give people a compelling reason to switch over to their mobile OS?


about a year ago



Playbook gets update.

substance2003 substance2003 writes  |  about a year ago

substance2003 (665358) writes "While this is nothing amazing it's worth mentioning that the Blackberry Playbook received an update yesterday. The Playbook was launched on April 19th 2011. That's almost 2 and a half years ago, has had few sales when compared to Android tablets which get much fewer updates and how most (including those that bought one) considers the Playbook a dead platform. What does that say about long term support? Shouldn't the most popular platform in the tablet market be able to offer better LTS? What do you think?"
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